On April 22, the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) launched a new attack against Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the western Aleppo countryside. The group captured the towns of Bsartun and Aajil along with al-Nu’man and al-Dabaah hills, according to the SLF-linked news agency Midad Press.
The media outlet added that SLF members had captured several fighters of HTS during their advance.
The HTS-linked news agency Iba’a confirmed that the SLF had been able to capture Bsartun and Aajil. In an attempt to justify HTS defeat there, a field commander of HTS told Iba’a that the SLF had shelled the towns with heavy weapons.
The HTS commander added that HTS fighters had repelled another attack by the SLF on their positions in the town of Tuqad, near the town of Bsartun. HTS fighters also destroyed a battle tank of the SLF around Bsartun, according to the Iba’a.
Syrian opposition sources revealed on April 18 that more of 700 fighters of HTS and the SLF had been killed since the beginning of the so-called “war of abolition” on February 20. Local observers expect the conflict will develop further as each side appears to be determined to eliminate each other.